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by Charles Tatum

"The Idiot Box"
1 stars

This putrid 1986 piece of horror comedy features some familiar faces, as well as a completely laughless and scareless script.

Gerrit Graham is Stanley Putterman. Stanley has bought a do-it-yourself satellite dish system and wired his garish house with TV from around the world. Racquel (Mary Woronov) and Stanley leave to meet another couple (they're swingers), and leave Gramps (Bert Remsen) and son Sherman (Chad Allen) alone.

Of course, the satellite is invaded by a monster that was being disposed of from the planet Pluton. The monster can turn itself into energy, and travel from television to television. The monster kills Gramps, but it can regenerate the heads of its victims, fooling the really dumb members of the cast. Stanley and Racquel return with Cherry (Randi Brooks) and Spiro, a gay Greek swinger played by the totally embarassed looking Alejandro Rey. Soon the monster is on the loose in the house, and Sherman is tracking it with Gramps' machine gun stash. The monster kills all the adults, but Sherman's sister, Suzy (Diane Franklin) and her boyfriend O.D. (Jonathan Gries), return and they befriend the monster. This nightmarish spawn of "E.T" is interrupted by a horror movie hostess, the police, and a Plutonian who travels through space to kill the monster.

John Carl Buechler, the special effects guy, does the monster here. It is terrible. It looks like all the other effects he has done. The film was executive produced by Charles Band, who has almost two hundred producing, and has completed maybe six good films.

The cast is awful. The humor is juvenile, making "American Pie" look like "Twelfth Night," yet the gore and violence are adult in nature. There is not a lot of blood here, everytime the monster attacks, the victim oozes green slime (something never explained). Everyone tries to be very funny, but there is not one laugh. Not one guffaw. Not one smile. Not one half smirk. There is nothing funny in this film. Absolutely nothing. What does that leave? No reason to seek this out.

"Terror Vision" is just that. Eighty four minutes of bad acting, bad special effects, and bad scripting. I find it hard to understand the cult following this has received.

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User Comments

3/20/14 Chris F Cheesy but great! 5 stars
7/17/11 Flipsider Kind of terrible in a good way. Medusa is awesome and the theme song is fantastic! 5 stars
10/27/10 Dave Jay You're an idiot. TERRORVISION is a trash classic! 5 stars
10/19/09 Servo Just watched this on TCM, and I totally agree with Charles' review. So bad it's AWFUL. 1 stars
9/25/09 Chad Dillon Cooper A light hearted,feel goody 80s horror flick. 4 stars
1/22/07 james pills ?! what color? Alright! a pill freak 4 stars
1/10/07 Michael Cox I LOVE THIS FILM, Diane Frankiln and all! 5 stars
1/07/07 Gary Bad, but fun. The 80's were great, not boring. That's why the 80's isn't being let go 2 stars
2/17/05 jason jennifer richards as medusa 2 stars
1/19/05 Hayssam Dalank i like this movie it is amazing 5 stars
10/12/04 roy I loved terrorvision and the genre that itwas born from,great fun 4 stars
9/13/04 Comic Shop Dude This movie was a spoof of the 80's -in the 80's. Very Fun! 5 stars
6/27/04 Robbie Doyle Terrorvision was cool - check out granpa's weapon cupboard 5 stars
4/30/04 Robert Daniels Take this film for what it is worth...just a good time and a cult classic. 4 stars
12/14/03 billybob i acouldnt believe the size of medusa's swinging tits 40DD 5 stars
6/18/03 Jinm Myers This is a fun, cool, throwback with a 50's monster flick feel! 4 stars
3/01/03 Spray This dude likes metal! 5 stars
10/25/02 stv "I make a great uzo margarita" 5 stars
7/12/02 Charles Tatum Terrible, not good, what is wrong with you people? 1 stars
4/25/02 jag worth seeing just for jennifer richards gravity defing cleavage! 4 stars
3/25/02 Big Al Medusa defies gravity with her knockers 5 stars
1/25/02 Stan the Man This movie is by far the best late night bad horror movie - EVER!. 5 stars
1/12/02 Kilgore Trout Brilliant! Corn and Cheeze oozing out your eyeballs! 5 stars
4/01/01 Andrew Carden It's so god-awful that you should go see it. 4 stars
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  14-Feb-1986 (R)

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Directed by
  Ted Nicolaou

Written by
  Ted Nicolaou

  Gerrit Graham
  Diane Franklin
  Mary Woronov
  Jennifer Richards
  Chad Allen
  Bert Remsen

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